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Manhattan College receives award

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Manhattan College is home to many student veterans. And their members have made community outreach an essential part of their lives as both civilians and students.

The college’s student veteran organization received the Irving Ladimer Community Service Award from Community Board 8’s parks and recreation committee and special committee on veterans services. The award, named after the late community advocate Irving Ladimer, recognizes the volunteer efforts of individuals and groups living and working within the confines of the community board.

Among the efforts recognized by the board included the student veteran organization’s Toys for Tots drive, participating in blood drives for the American Red Cross, and cleaning local green spaces like Memorial Grove, which is home to a yearly Veterans Day ceremony hosted by Korean War veteran Herb Barret.

Fieldston Upper elects new leaders

Leading a student government is no easy task. But it might be a bit easier with another person by your side.

Lena Habtu and Eli Satlof were recently elected as Ethical Culture Fieldston School’s student government co-presidents for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year. They’ve worked together before as student senators, and informally made the decision to run together as early as their sophomore year at Fieldston’s upper school.

Now set to become seniors in the fall, Habtu and Satlof have big plans for their school, according to reporting by Elizabeth Walker of The Fieldston News. For example, Habtu and Satlof’s highest priority is to bring their school community together again in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve already got using outdoor spaces for safe community gatherings on their mind, in addition to making student support services more accessible.

They also plan to work with school administrators to address the goals of the school’s Students of Color Matter organization. And since Habtu is already a member of said organization, they’ve made it an essential component of their platform.

For the two incoming student government leaders, however, those ideas are only the tip of the iceberg. The team reportedly also has a 14-page document filled with ideas to “better the Fieldston community.” But only time will tell just how many of those ideas will make their way from a document to Fieldston’s campus during Habtu and Satlof’s tenure.

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